Dark chocolate over light says dietician

WITH Easter right here on our doorsteps, there's no doubt we will be consuming more chocolate than usual during these next few days.

Toowoomba dietician Susanna Mihalik of Eat Wise 4 Life has a few words of wisdom for lovers of all sweet treats this weekend and quality over quantity is the message she's trying to get across.

"Don't gorge on everything," she said.

Ms Mihalik suggested instead of buying bulk this year buy one egg or bunny made by a quality brand.

And choose dark chocolate snacks over milk and white chocolate this Easter.

"While it's still not good for you, because dark chocolate has 70 per cent cocoa, it has more health benefits," she said.

"While it's equally dense in energy it's got more antioxidants."

Ms Mihalik said to eat in moderation.

"Just because it's healthier doesn't mean you can eat a whole kilo of it.

"If you know Easter will be a struggle, buy portion control or smaller eggs and share.

"You can also buy hollow eggs and just eat the shell and get away with it."

She said eggs were something to put on the food lists at Easter.

"Include them in breakfast and include the kids - painting eggs is a great Easter tradition.

"Eggs are great; they're packed full of protein."

As for hot cross buns, Ms Mihalik suggested a home bake.

"If you want the healthiest hot cross bun you can get, bake it yourself."

SNACK SMART

  • Buy quality, not quantity
  • Enjoy chocolate mindfully instead of grazing
  • Choose dark over milk or white chocolate
  • Share your treats
  • Buy chocolate in portion controlled packs


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